High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen when he is sent to regional film festivals with his first works but his focus on movie making also leads to domestic strife and philosophical dilemmas.
A person is dead but she lives on here
The synopsis for this film sounds like a dream. Fanfiction. I guess it is. I'm not fond of reviews that recap plot but i can't help but put this at the start.
''Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen when he is sent to regional film festivals with his first works but his focus on movie making also leads to domestic strife and philosophical dilemmas.''
Get camera. Wear camera. Fly. In classic Polish fashion, whilst the wife is in hospital having the child, the husband is at…
Another astonishing work from Krzysztof Kieślowski which is an ode to the power of cinema, an astute and realistic character study on obsession and a nod to harsh climate of Communist Poland in it's attempt to stifle self-expression.
Upon receiving a 8mm camera to capture the life of his newborn daughter, Filip finds himself caught up in the possibilities of expressing his creative urges, but only under the scrutiny and censorship of his employer. As his obsession to succeed becomes more and more unbalanced and his 'hobby' becomes quite lucrative, his attention to his family becomes increasingly neglectful to damaging effect.
The performance from Jerzy Stuhr as Filip Mosz is just so damn believable and relatable, his naivety and ignorance…
Seemingly a very personal and semi-autobiographical film from Kieslowski (and painfully so) that I think most would agree is the best work from his pre-Dekalog career. Jerzy Stuhr's character acting from one performance to the next continues to astound me, and the character arc he navigates really tosses up some wonderfully wrenching acting moments for him. I love how he does the self-destructive finger framing motion during a heightened domestic scene, as we all know it is coming (foreshadowed earlier) and it really sums up the film in one swift (and just as swiftly regretted) gesture, one life collapsing into another. Humourous, tragic and negotiating the nexus of relationship responsibilities between the artist and the (in this case oppressive) system,…
Camera Buff has to be one of the best films ever made about cinema. It's about a man that falls in love with filmmaking after picking up a camera for the first time. It completely changes the man's life and he unfortunately suffers some natural consequences for his new found passion. The film is an honest and realistic portrayal of an artist being torn apart by his own artistic pursuits. The film also deals with the issue of censorship in Communist Poland during the time, and the main character's difficulties getting his films made the way he wants because of the authority figures looking over his shoulder. He also has a wife and a newborn child at home who he…
It was nice seeing a glimpse of myself 20 years from now ignoring my family in favor of making films. Hopefully my mustache won't look as atrocious in 20 years.
One of the most underrated movies ever made! Another Kieślowski movie with interesting story, Great acting from the lead actor and it´s just a movie that you need to see.
The film shows working conditions for artists under the communist Poland government. The firm is an allegory of the countryو the boss represents the government, and Filip the artists! The director/boss initially wants Filip to make a film to advertise and capture the grandeur of their company. He even quotes Lenin's famous line about cinema but much like Soviet leaders and the montage filmmakers, he becomes bitter of Filip after he excels in the art of filmmaking and starts making things other than what the boss desires. The handheld camera of Kieslowski, from time to time, imitates Filip's camera movements, giving us similar frames to what Filip is capturing on his camera. The ending of the movie, Kieslowski and Filip's camera finally become one.
You could say a lot of things about Krzysztof Kieslowski. One of those things, and probably the most important one is that each one of his films feels extremely personal. And it always works.
While still maintaining emotional complexity, Kieslowski manages to assemble his most darkly humorous film with Camera Buff. It's both fun and a pain to watch, because he seems to have constructed a narrative about the joys/ burden of being a storyteller and/ or artist. The final scene brilliant.
I have cooled on this a bit since my rapturous first take, though only a very little bit. Irka and Filip's relationship strife smacks of overworkedness at times(1), and there is a bit of an amateurish feel to the visual grammar compared to what would come five short years later(2). Most conspicuously, this lacks the enigmatic quality that defines Kieslowski's masterpieces. Nonetheless: a funny and reality-warping comedy-drama about personal and public truth, the inextricability of passion and love, and the compulsion to stave off death through filmmaking is nothing to sniff at.
(1) The plot point of Irka's accordion stood out on this viewing, and I now realize it strengthens their conflict. Even if Irka really does want a "bit…
quietly inspiring. a movie about the impact not just film, but any artistic expression can have on someones life. A film about that moment when you realize your gnawing artistic urge will, and probably should, direct the course of your life. How it's important, but sometimes scary, to pursue it and build your life around pursuing it. Krzysztof Kieślowski is not hugely known for his realist movies, but there's something about the grounded and pseudo-autobiographical nature of this movie that is tremendously revealing about the nature of art and artistic inclinations.
The drab, beige world of communist Poland forms the perfect backdrop for this story of an ordinary man with an ordinary life who discovers how filmmaking can free him from the mundane and make him feel like he is contributing something meaningful to the world around him. Achingly funny and heartbreaking.
An honest film with metalinguistic allegories, a concerned work about the meaning of Cinema as a whole, the artist as an object of study. This movie covers a lot of what is the seventh art, but, above all else, it shows us the human behind the camera, with his desires and failures, his importance and his responsabilty. In the end, what we really have is a man desperate to live and his inability to achieve so. None of those humane qualities would be possible if not for the truthfulness of Kieślowski camera, always able to accompany his metaphorical "person with a camera".
It's such a subtly explored film that Filip's evolution feels entirely natural and unassuming. It's a very intimately told tale that shows that even great things come at a price. That getting what you want isn't always what you need. It's such a humanist film. Then again, Kieslowski is a great observer of the human condition, so this come as no shock.
Kieslowski's directing is just glorious, as with all his films. Impeccably written, the film is gorgeously shot and Stuhr's Filip is one of the best characters I've seen in a Kieslowski film. Very touching and just all round excellence.
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